Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. May 128 12-1 p.m.
9:34 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Midday Politics

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown opted out of last night's gubernatorial debate on WBFF.

Analysis of the second televised debate of Maryland's Democratic gubernatorial candidates, with Melissa Deckman, chair and professor of political science at Washington College, and Barry Rascovar of

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Marilyn Mosby, Candidate for Baltimore City State's Attorney

Marilyn Mosby
Credit Carde Cornish

Sheilah Kast talks with Marilyn Mosby, Democratic candidate for Baltimore City State's Attorney.

The primary election is less than a month away, on June 24th. We’re talking this week with the two Democratic candidates for Baltimore City State’s Attorney. That's the city’s top prosecutor. Joining Sheilah Kast today is Marilyn Mosby, a civil attorney who worked as a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s office for six years.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Cockeysville Native Reid Wiseman Launches Into Space

Astronaut Reid Wiseman
Credit NASA

Tom Hall speaks with Reid Wiseman, astronaut and Cockeysville native.

This afternoon, at 3:57 Maryland time, a Russian spacecraft will launch from Kazakhstan headed for the Intl Space Station. One of the astronauts on board will be Cockeysville native Reid Wiseman, a Commander in the Navy who was chosen as one of nine astronauts in the class of 2009. He’ll be conducting experiments and working on repairs of the space station. He’s been training in Russia for more than two years. Tom Hall spoke with Commander Wiseman about two and a half weeks ago from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Not Your Father's Bourbon

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To talk bourbon, Tom Hall speaks with author Dane Huckelbridge and mixologist Corey Polyoka.

“Bourbon is the American Spirit, both blessing and bane served neat or on the rocks.  To know its story is to know our own.”  Author Dane Huckelbridge wrote that in his book Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit.  Technically, bourbon has to be made in Kentucky, but now producers in the mid-Atlantic region are working to create their own variations.

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Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Paul Blanck of Alsace - 5/28/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Blanck Pinot Gris, Alsace 2011  **1/2 $$
(Dense, earthy, off-dry, almost majestic.)

Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2011 ** $
(One of your better pinot blancs, with earthy citrus notes.)

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The Nature of Things
5:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Citizen Science

If you’ve ever wanted to be involved in the great work that scientists do, this is your chance.

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The Environment In Focus
1:10 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

The Last Stand for the Mouse Beaver

Nutria, also called Myocaster coypus (latin for mouse beaver), are large rodents native to South America that wreaked havoc on the Chesapeake Bay's wetlands when they were imported in the 1940's for the fur trade.

The Environment In Focus Podcast 5-28-2014

But now nutria face their last stand on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Only a few are left after an intensive, more than decade-long trapping campaign by federal and state government agencies.

Wildlife managers have been trying to eradicate the invasive species because they eat the roots of wetlands plants. This accelerates the erosion of marshes that are important breeding grounds for fish and birds, and also work as water pollution filters that clean the Chesapeake Bay.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 27, 1-2 p.m.
11:14 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Shy Guy to Self-Styled Freedom Fighter

Matthew VanDyke
Credit Courtesy of Matthew VanDyke

The documentary film "Point and Shoot" tells the story of our guest: Matthew Van Dyke, a shy young Baltimorean who went to Libya to join the rebels as they took up arms against the Gaddafi regime in 2011. Van Dyke was captured and spent six months in solitary confinement before escaping and returning to the front lines. Van Dyke is a filmmaker who also spent time among the rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 27, 12-1 p.m.
11:08 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Making Streets Complete

Main Street in Annapolis is Dover's favorite street in Maryland. "It's a well-preserved, well-cared-for classic; feels like the heart of town."
Victor Dover

Walk to work, bike to work -- more and more civic groups in American cities, including Baltimore, are encouraging people to commute on foot or by bicycle. It’s cheap, healthy, environmentally impeccable. But is it safe? After decades of designing streets for the motorist, how can American cities make sufficient room for the pedestrian or pedalist? What makes a 21st Century street complete? And what effect could self-driving cars have on future urban planning?

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